BOTSWANA'S ISPs LAUNCH BISPA AND IMPLEMENT BINX

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The Botswana Internet Service Providers Association (BISPA) officially launched the Botswana Internet Exchange (BINX) at a function at the Phakalane Golf Estate. BINX has been built by BISPA’s members, being the main commercial ISPs in Botswana, to interconnect their separate networks and is presently hosted centrally at BTG’s premises in Gaborone west. The latest managed Gigabit switching technology has been used with access via leased line and high speed wireless and remote management via SNMP with webcam monitoring and SNMP based environment sensors for power, temperature & humidity.

As of September 2005 the following ISPs are connected to the BINX:- BBi, Bytes Technology Group, Botsnet, Geosat, HPS, OPQNet, UUNet & VBN Services. The Botswana Government Department of Information Technology (DIT) with the largest local computer user base is also directly connected as an affiliate member making BINX unique in the region. This private sector initiative supports the government’s initiatives to further develop Botswana’s ICT sector and making the local internet industry regionally competitive, this initiative will also be of strategic importance to the future roll out of broadband in Botswana and will have a dramatic influence in all internet related activity. BISPA is ecstatic with support and encouragement it has received from both Government and industry at large.